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F-22s complete flying training deployment

An F-22 Raptor from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia prepares to take off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England Oct. 12, 2017. The U.S. Air Force deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath for a flying training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor with the 1st Fighter Wing from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia prepares to take off at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Oct. 12, 2017. The U.S. Air Force deployed F-22 Raptors, Airmen, and associated equipment to RAF Lakenheath for a flying training deployment to conduct air training with other Europe-based U.S. aircraft and NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- F-22 Raptors with the 1st Fighter Wing from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, completed a flying training deployment Oct. 19.

While in the European theater, the F-22s forward deployed from the United Kingtom to Poland and Germany to maximize training opportunities, demonstrating steadfast commitment to NATO allies and deterring any actions that destabilize regional security. 

The Raptors also participated in Exercise Eastern Zephyr, a Royal Air Force-led exercise seeking to increase partnerships and capabilities between the U.S. and U.K. While here, the F-22s flew 18 sorties for a total of 26.2 flying hours.